Misconceptions may limit women’s opportunities for international assignments

By Adam Kaminsky
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/27/2001

Working abroad is a great opportunity, but it is also fraught with challenges for anyone who undertakes it — especially for women. One of the most significant challenges for women in international business is convincing companies to send them abroad in the first place. Despite the fact that more women are being considered for international assignments, there is a misconception that it is very difficult for women to work in other countries. Often companies believe assignments are too risky or that women will not be accepted in the destination country.

This has proven to be largely unfounded. When granted the opportunity, women have succeeded in international postings everywhere from Kuwait to Japan, overcoming the various challenges along the way.

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